FCC Applications

FCC Report 9/17: Chattanooga AM Goes Away

Deletions Serendipity Ventures II's News/Talk "NoogaRadio" 1240 WSDT Soddy-Daisy TN has been deleted after the FCC sent a letter clarifying its status and it was returned unsigned. On August 7, 2017, we received a complaint that the Station has not been operating for an extended period, that its facilities appear to be abandoned, and that the phone numbers are disconnected. In addition, an email sent to the email address on record was returned as undeliverable. Based on this information, it appears that the Station may have been silent (or failed to operate with authorized facilities) for over one year. Following the deletion, the station removed all references to the AM from its website and Facebook page and only refer to the 92.7 W224AZ Chattanooga translator leased from Edgewater...Read More

FCC Report 9/10

FCC Deletes KDND Sacramento License

The FCC has denied a Petition For Reconsideration and Application For Review filed by former 106.5 KWOD owner Ed Stolz and has deleted the license for 107.9 KDND Sacramento. Stolz, who has been battling Entercom to have his 1996 sale of then KWOD (now 106.5 KUDL and home to the former KDND programming) rescinded for the past two decades sought to have his case added to the license revocation proceeding so that he could have KUDL turned back over to him and also sought to have all of Entercom’s other Sacramento station licenses revoked. The FCC ruled against his petitions seeing no merit to his arguments and is not a party of interest in the dispute between Media Action Center and Entercom that led to the license revocation hearing. The full FCC order can be read here. Update 2/3: Wit...Read More

FCC Report 8/27: KSBJ Seeks To Increase Houston Coverage

KSBJ Educational Foundation is seeking a major upgrade to flagship 89.3 KSBJ Humble TX as it applies to move just outside the Houston city limits to the tower of Pacifica Foundation's 90.1 KPFT Houston with 87kW/159.6m. The move will improve KSBJ's coverage in the southwest suburbs of Houston. To make the KSBJ move possible, co-owned 89.5 KZBJ Bay City proposes to downgrade from a Class C2 to C3 and move to the tower of sister 96.9 KXBJ El Campo with 13kW/140m.

FCC Report 8/20: St. Louis STA Filing Violates FCC Rules

Dismissals BDJ Radio Enterprises Christian Talk “Faith Talk 1010” KXEN St. Louis’ application to drop power from 50kW day to 10kW day for six months via Special Temporary Authority was denied for violating FCC rules governing STA filings. KXEN sought to drop power “in order to determine whether the potential benefits of reducing KXEN(AM)’s utility costs will outweigh the potential loss of listenership”. As the request was strictly made for economic reasons and not technical the FCC rules that it violates Section 309(f) of the Communications Act of 1934. KXEN is currently licensed to operate with 50kW day/500w nights. Inspiration Time’s application to modify 105.9 W290BI Erie PA to operate with 180w/256m was dismissed as it violates the working agre...Read More

FCC Restores Numerous Vacant Allocations

The FCC has released a revised version of its Table of Allotments to restore a number of allocations that had been removed since 2006 by the deletion of previous construction permits or licenses. The allotments are now being considered vacant because of the dismissals and will be made available in future auctions. Additional vacant allocations will be added in the future. The changes made to the table follow:

FCC Report 8/13: Brian Can’t Dodge FCC Any Longer

After misrepresenting himself to the FCC with multiple pseudonyms for nearly three decades, Brian Dodge entered a Consent Decree with the FCC last fall where he admitted that he was the operator of two AMs, nine translators, and two LPFM's. As part of the deal with the FCC Dodge was allowed to complete the sale of three translators for a combined $225,000 but had to pay a $100,000 civil penalty and surrendered the license of 560 WCKL Catskill NY and the two LPFM's which he was ineligible to own. The rest of his licenses were granted one year renewals on the condition that they were all operating in compliance with the FCC rules within 180 days. That 180 day period ended on April 25 with none of the necessary documentation asked of Dodge filed with the FCC. With Dodge failing to comply t...Read More

Complete List Of AM Translator Filing Window Applications

The FCC has released the complete list of 1081 applications made by Class C & Class D AM stations during the filing window open from July 26 through August 2. As the applications were not require to specify complete engineering data no tower sites were specified. Now that the applications have been made, the FCC will determine which ones are singleton and able to be granted and which ones are MX'd and will head to auction unless a minor modification is approved. Unlike the 250 mile filing period last year, these new applications can only make minor changes to frequencies within 1, 2, 3, 53 or 54 channels adjacent. A sample of the full table can be seen here. The full sortable table is available to RadioInsight Premium subscribers. [supsystic-tables id=188]

FCC Report 8/6: WRAX Issued Hearing Designation For Lack Of Operation

The FCC has designated Radioactive LLC's 98.9 WRAX Lake Isabella MI for a license renewal hearing. WRAX, licensed to operate with 250w/15m, has operated on a series of Silent STA's for the past seven years and signing on for just parts of one day per year to keep the license active. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is using the WRAX case to initiate a streamlined procedure to evaluate license renewals for stations that have been off the air for long periods of time via a "paper hearing" as opposed to through an Administrative Law Judge. Instead Radioactive will have 60 days to file a written statement up to 25 pages why WRAX should have its license renewed.

FCC Report 7/30: KYLI Moving Out Of Vegas To Help Translator Upgrade

With its recent $400,000 purchase of 96.7 K244EX Las Vegas and application to operate with 250w/312m from the top of the Stratosphere Hotel & Casino on the Strip, Farmworker Educational Radio Network is proposing to move rimshot Regional Mexican "La Campesina 96.7" KYLI Bunkerville NV out of the Las Vegas market. KYLI seeks to move to West Mountain Peak near St. George UT with 12.5kW horizontal/1075m.

FCC Report 7/23: Salem Denied Two Cleveland Translators

Dismissals Media-Com Inc. News/Talk 100.1 WNIR Kent/Akron OH has been granted its Petition For Reconsiderations against two subsidiaries of Salem Media to relocate two translators from Angola IN and Battle Creek MI respectively to 99.9 and 100.3 in Cleveland where they were to rebroadcast Conservative Talk "1420 The Answer" WHK and Christian Preaching "1220 The Word" WHKW. Media-Com petitioned that the new translators would create interference for its listeners within their contours. Salem purchased 99.9 W260CY (then 99.1 W256CO Angola) and 100.3 W262CY (originally 100.5 W263CS Battle Creek) from Friends of Christian Radio for $50,000 each last year. Stay tuned for a big San Diego AM downgrade and nearly 150 translator modifications ahead of the filing freeze.

WTMJ Prepping FM Expansion

Scripps News/Talk 620 WTMJ Milwaukee will soon be coming to the FM band. 103.3 W277CV Waukegan IL currently holds a Construction Permit to relocate to Milwaukee with 250w/255m from the WDJT-TV tower where it was to rebroadcast Liberal Talk 1510 WRRD Waukesha. W277CV owner Frank Glass McCoy has now applied to modify the CP to move it to the tower of Scripps’ WTMJ-TV and 94.5 WKTI where it would operate with 250w/244m. That will give the translator nearly identical coverage as some Class A FM’s in the market such as Saga’s 98.3 WJMR and 106.9 WNRG-FM.

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